We are conflicted about wealth in the Church. A goodly portion of members are neo-Calvinists, certain that fore-ordination and inherent grace are both manifested by wealth. There is no conflict between God and Mammon because Mammon is God’s delivery man.
There are also many who assert that all wealth is really theft or luck. Any spending that is not wealth transfer is an accession to Babylon. C.S. Lewis has a great discussion of this mindset in The Great Divorce.
So, which group is right in their denunciation of the other as unholy?
After all, when Christ was asked to pick between the Pharisee and the Sadducee camps, we all know he went with the [Iron Rod] [Liahona] group, didn’t he? Or did he condemn them both and suggest that the truth was not found in either camp?
So it is with the way we often look at wealth.